One of the greatest quotes that I try to live by everyday is:
“Three sentences for getting success: Work more than others, think more than others and expect less than others”. William Shakespeare
This quote is probably the best one to explain the formula of success. I know that there has been many research done by leading thinkers to uncover the perfect formula of success that once followed, success will be guaranteed!
In a previous post called “3 Constants That Never Change in Any Success Story” I outlined (according to my own observation of course) the 3 factors that I always find present in every success story I hear about or read. These constants are: Action taking, consistency and value offering. I heard lots of podcasts of successful people (many of them done by Yaro Starak of Entrepreneurs-journey.com) and these constants seem to be present in all of them.
To make things even simpler, I brought you the simplest success formula that will help you get focused on what you want to achieve until you reach your goals.
So here we go!
1- Work more than anyone
If you need to see positive changes in your life, than you simply got to work, right?
I always see people complain about the fact that their efforts aren’t bringing any benefit. However, when I try to understand the “why”, I discover that the problem most of the times is that they aren’t simply putting much effort into the actions they take. If you want to see a significant change in a small time frame, then you just need to give it 110% of your time, effort and focus.
Just find someone successful in your niche and try to work more than they are. By doing this you’ll skip those lazy procrastinators who give themselves thousands of excuses not to get the work done. I’m not obviously telling you to focus on other people and make them an obsession; I just want you to get a picture of what it really takes to be successful in your market.
I know that this is not what most people want to hear, by I can assure you that anyone else who tries to tell you the opposite (the buy my product to get rich quick stuff!) is simply trying to mislead you.
“A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent.” –Guy Kawasaki
So go out there, work more than anyone you know (don’t kill yourself or sacrifice your health though) and you shall see yourself moving towards your goals faster than anytime before.
2- Think more than anyone
The second ingredient to success, according to Shakespeare, is to think more than anyone. I’m sure that you’ve already heard of the “Work Smart” idiom, so this is no new to you.
Working really hard isn’t actually the only factor that you should be focusing on as there are many people out there who work hard, but aren’t moving a step towards their goals.
If you don’t want your hard work to melt along with your dreams, you need to work strategically!
What I mean by that is that you work hard and then step back and reassess the pros and cons of every action you’ve taken. This way you’ll discover the things that work and improve upon them.
You don’t obviously need to have Albert Einstein’s brain to work smart. Working smart is a simple skill that everyone can easily learn (so don’t make excuses). We have a saying “Don’t get bitten from the same whole twice!”. This means that no matter what happens, don’t do the same mistake or fall in the same trap twice.
When something isn’t working for you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it doesn’t work, especially if you see that it’s working for others. It could simply mean that you’re doing it wrong. Try to change your approach of doing it, and improve upon it until you get your desired outcomes.
Having a plan behind every action you take is crucial to the success of your hard work. It doesn’t matter if you change your plan according to new variables as long as you’re thinking strategically.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” –Albert Einstein
3- Expect less than anyone
My favorite ingredient of success that I try really hard to apply in my life is limiting my expectations. Most people fail to achieve their goals because they do very little work (and think they’re working hard), they don’t bother their minds with strategic thinking (and they think that they’ve invented something) and they are expecting that the little effort they’ve spent will solve all of their problems.
I believe that setting a low expectation is a very smart way to avoiding disappointment which is probably the biggest cause of people giving up before achieving their goals. I know that many people out there will tell you to be REALISTIC! But I’m not sure that everyone has the complete understanding of what that means. The easier factor that you need to measure is to expect less than anyone you know. If you’re a starter real estate investor and you hear another person says that they’re going to close 3 deals in their first 3 months. Do more work than they are, do more thinking than they are and expect to only close one deal or even nothing. When the 3 months are over, they’ll be very disappointed of their outcomes (if they don’t achieve their goals), and they might give up the whole idea, but you’ll be more REALISTIC and more aware of what needs to be improved or get rid of.
I remember when Thomas Sinfield set a goal of achieving $1000 of passive income per month in less than 8 months. For many of you this might not seem like limiting expectation at all, but for him it was a very achievable and realistic goal (as he was really good at what he does). Before the 8 months were over, Thomas was able to break the $1000 passive income per month.
I don’t obviously want that expectation limiting to be a roadblock in your creativity and motivation. I only try to force myself into not thinking about the outcomes as much as I do about my strategic working process.
So, do you find these ingredients enough to achieving success, especially with today’s conditions? I believe they are. Let us know what you think!
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